Date: 31st January 2011 at 11:41am
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Ipswich Town’s hopes of completing a deadline day deal for Preston North End defender Sean St Ledger have taken a blow after Lilywhites’ chairman Maurice Lindsay revealed that the club had turned down a bid for the player.

Reports emerged over the weekend that Ipswich were interested in bringing St Ledger to Portman Road before the transfer window closes at 11pm today. However, Preston are said to be holding out for a sum of around £2.5 million for the 26-year-old – a fee which Town seem unlikely to stump up.

Preston chairman Lindsay has since revealed that his club have rejected bids for a number of players, telling the Preston North End Official Website that they have “turned down lots of money for Sean St Ledger from Ipswich Town.” It is unknown how much Town boss Paul Jewell may have offered for the the Irish international, though the Blues may yet decide to make another bid before the close of business tonight.

One player Ipswich are thought to be closing in on is Luton midfielder Andy Drury. Town assistant manager Chris Hutchings has reportedly confirmed the club’s interest in the 27-year-old, with Drury himself revealing that he has probably played his last game for the Hatters.

Despite the rumours, deadline day looks likely to be a quieter affair than many Town fans might have hoped for. However, there is still the possibility of outward movement, with David Norris, Gareth McAuley and Jason Scotland all linked with moves away from Portman Road.

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